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Grotte de Niaux

Vierge de Niaux | At the end of its own one lane access road above the hamlet of Niaux, 09400 Niaux, France
+33 5 61 05 10 10
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Grottes de Naiux

Fantastic visit in a small group with a superb guide. Amazing atmosphere making our way up & down... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
mab103
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Surrey
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Brilliant

Excellent guided tour of the cave this morning. This is a really special place. You need to book a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Aonghus O
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A giant of the prehistory ! Niaux Cave is one of the last decorated caves still open to the public. An 800-metre walk will take you to the Salon Noir, a majestic room where more than 80 paintings of animals offer themselves to you. For conservation reasons, the number of people and the length of the
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Vierge de Niaux | At the end of its own one lane access road above the hamlet of Niaux, 09400 Niaux, France
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic visit in a small group with a superb guide. Amazing atmosphere making our way up & down through grottoes by torchlight- to see the 14k year old paintings.

Thank mab103
Sites Touristiq... A, Responsable relations clients at Grotte de Niaux, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks mab for your review. We are glad you enjoyed vour visit in Niaux ! See you soon in our sites in Ariege !

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent guided tour of the cave this morning. This is a really special place. You need to book a few days in advance in high season.

Thank Aonghus O
Sites Touristiq... A, Responsable relations clients at Grotte de Niaux, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! The Grotte de Niaux is unique and in great demand during this summer: there are actually a few days waiting at the moment and it is better to book in advance.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a truly fascinating, humbling and educational experience. Amazing just to stand where our ancestors had visited many thousands of years ago. The walk through the cave to reach the "black room" gallery was at a reasonable pace, with several stops en-route and a...More

1  Thank Paul F
Sites Touristiq... A, Responsable relations clients at Grotte de Niaux, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Paul for this review ! We are glad that you enjoyed our prehistoric treasure in Niaux.

Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

A very instructive walk through a wonderful cave in the Pyrenees. The climax is reached in the salon noir where amazing paintings dating from up to 17,000 years ago adorn its walls. Anybody interested in prehistoric art should not miss it. It is 12 degrees...More

Thank Joseph G
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Humbling experience to know that prehistoric man could think in the abstract and was such a phenomenal artist! One of the few places where one can actually see the drawings up close and personal. Make sure to bring a close fitting warm jacket, good stable...More

1  Thank DelectableDumpling
Reviewed 14 June 2017

While this two-hour tour to see the cave paintings is not for the faint of heart or foot (lots of slippery place and challenges to mobility), you will be transported to a world well-explained by your guide and deeply moving. Few things can bring one...More

3  Thank Louise B
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

We loved this cave, although it is quite a slippery and bumpy path to do the 1600 m round trip. One needs boots or super good walking shoes as there are very few added walkways and handrails. This is the only cave I have visited...More

3  Thank SantaSusanna
Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

This is a must see, a once in a lifetime experience. We were in the last group, so only 8 of us went into the depths of the cave. You carry dim torches into the cave, following the guide. It's a good kilometre walk, slippery,...More

3  Thank Joanne W
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Guided tours (most of them in French) are given at carefully set hours and days so as not to upset the atmosphere inside. (Lascaux is now closed after decades of people breathing in there and letting spores of mold and mildew come in and wreck...More

1  Thank queen_of_expats
Reviewed 25 March 2017

You need good shoes and a warm jacket and you are set for a great little cave adventure. You walk briskly through the slippery cave and are plummeted into darkness when you are in position at the cave painting wall. When the paintings were illuminated...More

1  Thank Lifeguard22
Sites Touristiq... A, Responsable relations clients at Grotte de Niaux, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2017

Thank you for your review about the Niaux cave. You can find some photos on our website if you want ..! Hope to see you again in our sites in Ariege !

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Ccarolina C
22 June 2017|
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Response from Lifeguard22 | Reviewed this property |
There are lots of caves around that area. If you are driving from Spain it may be worth checking the other caves too. The drawings are fantastic though. Definitely worth a road trip. We booked a tour online before we went.
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Kathryn K
29 June 2016|
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Response from 666rosie | Reviewed this property |
Hello There is a station at Tarascon sur Ariege a few miles away? train from toulouse Not sure about other transport Hope you manage to get there - it is amazing
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Kevin4768
4 February 2016|
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Response from JBfromVT | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you will need a car, and you must make a reservation. The website has all the necessary contact info. It was one of the more remarkable experiences of my life to see the caves & prehistoric drawings. It's definitely... More
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